The City of Springfield’s Office of Planning & Economic Development is available to help you and your business navigate changes coming out of this pandemic. Below is a list of resources and information. If you have questions or need advice which organization to speak with, please call our office at 217.789.2377.

  Face Covering Requirement

To slow the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, Governor JB Pritzker issued a mandate that all Illinois residents over the age of two will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor settings effective August 30. The requirement is applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents statewide.

Download and print a general sign requiring masks for all customers. (4 options available)

  Back 2 Business Grant

Are you a Central Illinois business that experienced a loss of at least $5,000 in revenue in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic? You may qualify for funding between $5,000 to $150,000 from the Back 2 Business Grant Program. Applications open now until October 11, 2021.

  • Grants to cover operations, staff, and overhead costs.
  • Prioritized for businesses that have not yet received emergency relief dollars from programs like PPP and BIG.
  • Focus on hardest hit industries including hotels, salons, fitness centers, restaurants, arts organizations.
  • Focus on Disproportionately Impacted Areas.
  • Sole proprietors may apply.
For local assistance, call 217.843.1598 or visit for more information and how to apply.

  Resources from Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has created a guide for reopening your business as a tool to assist you along the way.

The Chamber has also compiled a list of resources where members can purchase personal protective equipment and other items recommended to ensure the safety of your employees and customers. We continue to update this list as information becomes available. Click here for more information.

  EIDL and Advance Program Reopened

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

  Get Hired Illinois

DCEO in conjunction with IDES launched the Get Hired Illinois. This new portal is designed to connect workers with available job and career training opportunities across the state. Residents and employers may access the site here. Illinois residents will also have free access to online workforce development courses via a partnership with Coursera.

  All In 4U Pledge

Businesses in Springfield and Sangamon County are encouraged to take the ALL IN 4U pledge, a new health and safety initiative organized by several community organizations to instill consumer confidence and energize the local economy. Though participation is highly encouraged, the ALL IN 4U pledge is not mandated, associated with, or regulated by the CDC or any public health entity. It is a voluntary action for intent to follow best practices only. Businesses interested in joining the ALL IN 4U initiative should visit for more information and to actually take the pledge online.

  Springfield Business Registration

Springfield businesses are encouraged to register with so consumers can find out the status of their favorite local businesses and their services in one, easily searchable, website. Registration is free and easy.

  Local Business Relief

Restaurants Allowed Alcohol Sales

As the City of Springfield Liquor Commissioner, Mayor Langfelder signed an order that will allow a package of unopened alcohol with takeout food orders. This order will benefit over 130 restaurants. Click here to read the Order.

  Justine Petersen COVID-19 Relief Program

Justine Petersen is offering low interest small business loans to Illinois businesses impacted by this current pandemic. Maximum loan size is $50,000, with an interest rate of 3% amortized over 5 years. Loan proceeds may be used for working capital or to address other costs incurred during, or as a result of, the Covid-19 crisis. For more information, contact JP staffer Galen Gondolfi at or call 314.565.2223.

  Small Business COVID Relief Program

This new program was introduced by Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. The Program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $500 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this funding is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits throughout Illinois to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing. Click here to find out more.

  Government Updates

Illinois’ COVID-19 Website

The State of Illinois launched a website focused on COVID-19 , which includes the latest news, prevention along with resources for individuals and businesses. The public is asked to check the site regularly for updates.

  COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. For more information please visit their website.

Please note: if you file an Unemployment Insurance claim on or after July 17, 2016 and you are subject to the registration requirement, you must complete your registration immediately through

Your Unemployment Insurance benefits will not be paid until your registration is complete. CLICK HERE to apply.

  Support for Employees

  • The Illinois Department of Employment Security has published Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and unemployment benefits on their website. Read more of their helpful information here.
  • The Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries is offering phone appointments for area employees who are off of work because of COVID-19. For more information, click here.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

  Advice for Business Owners

What Is Considered An “Essential Business”?

There are various resources available to business owners as they navigate through COVID-19. Following are helpful guides and resources available on the internet.

  Tourism-Related Updates

For local and state tourism related updates related to COVID-19, visit our Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau website.